Paris fire: Eight dead, many injured

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Eight people have died in a fire at a building in south-western Paris, fire service officials say.

Nearly 30 people – including three firefighters – were injured. One person is in a serious condition.

The death toll could still increase because rescue operations were still in progress on the upper floors of the eight-storey building, a fire service spokesman told the AFP news agency.

It is not clear what caused the blaze in Paris' upmarket 16th arrondissement.

A female suspect has been detained by the police. The Paris prosecutor, Rémi Heitz, says the fire may have been deliberately started.